Spring often means rain and lots of it! April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring dripping, wet shoes into your home and onto your beautiful hardwood floors. Do not let soggy shoes dirty up or damage your floors! Minimally, wipe shoes on a mat outside the front door, remove them when you come inside, and leave them on an additional mat or towel in the entryway. Ask guests to your home to do this as well. This plan, however, is not attractive and can also damage flooring in the long term if wet towels or mats are left on the floor for too long. There are many decorative solutions to the wet shoes problem!
Decorative Trays: Purchase an inexpensive, deep tray from a big box store or inexpensive retailer such as HomeGoods or TJ Maxx. Shoes can go straight into the tray, which will collect water droplets. Smooth round stones can also be purchased and added to the tray so that shoes and boots are sitting on an elevated platform, allowing water droplets to drip off and filter through the rocks. This will also prevent your shoes from sitting in a puddle of water. Look for decorative stones or rocks at a gardening center or craft store.
Galvanized Tubs: A galvanized tub can sit right inside the door or even on the front porch. Galvanized metal can be incorporated into almost any design style from farmhouse casual to modern industrial. Galvanized tubs are meant to hold water and will keep water off the floor. Consider a galvanized metal tub outside the front entry for holding the muddiest boots or one right inside the door to keep wet shoes at bay.
Wooden Crates: This is another solution that can be made to match almost any décor. Paint basic wooden crates from a craft store in a shade or tone that matches your other décor. Wooden crates can go in the corner on your front entryway, either inside or outside, and can be stacked for more storage. Boots can stand upright in a crate to help them dry faster and to keep water from pooling on top of other shoes. Wooden crates keep shoes neat and pairs together.
Each of these shoe storage solutions are easy and inexpensive to implement. Teach small children to wipe their feet and remove their shoes at the door. Additionally, keep a small towel for wiping pet feet near the entryway to prevent their wet and muddy feet from damaging the flooring as well. Don’t have hardwood floors? Call us today for a consultation with one of our flooring specialists!
Summertime is a truly inspiring time; after all of that spring cleaning, you may be ready for a big (or small) change! Here are the trends we’ve seen in homes in the Northern Virginia area, and from professionals in the home industry.
We’ve seen a lot of changes in how a kitchen is perceived this year. Not a whole lot of high end, matchy-match cabinetry, flooring, or even countertops here. Black Stainless Steel appliances are taking over the gleaming silver appliances look and give today’s kitchen a modern and sophisticated look without a perceived pretentiousness.
We’re also seeing cabinetry in a mix of colors and material. Lower and upper cabinets that complement one another give the kitchen a more eclectic feel. Countertops are moving away from granite to marble and other types of material.
When you enter a home, you want it to be warm, and inviting, right? Heated floors are being brought to the entryway to welcome guests and homeowners with a toasty floor. Perhaps this isn’t the kind of feeling you want over summer, but by making this change before the season is over, you’ll be prepared for the colder months!
Formal spaces are making a comeback, and we couldn’t be happier to see the whole family sitting at the dinner table once again. Converting these rooms into offices and media rooms seem to be a thing of the past, and we’re also seeing there is as much care being put in to the type of flooring as there is in to the type of furniture that goes into these rooms. Rich hardwood or luxury vinyl has taken center stage in this once little used room!
People have really caught on to the fact that the two most important rooms (and the two biggest investments you can make) are the bathroom and the kitchen. Using a statement mirror as opposed to a basic construction mirror, along with adding luxe rugs, even a fun chair brings a look of luxury at a low-end price tag to your bathroom. Fun tiles in interesting colors or shapes further enhance the concept.
Fireplaces are also experiencing a comeback. Gone are the days of covering these up or using them as anything other than what they were meant for. People are making this room the hub of the home and creating lovely frames for the fireplace, or adding warm flooring to tie the house together.
If you’re looking to make changes to your home, but aren’t sure where to start, or if you can fit it into your budget, make an appointment with one of our designers! We will help you pull together the look you want and do it within your budget as well!